Eskom announced on Thursday that load shedding, which had plunged the country into darkness for the past few weeks, would be lifted at 5 am on Friday.
Eskom said the lifting of load shedding was enabled by the return to service of many generators that were out of service for two weeks, saying this was fixed with the sufficient recovery of emergency generation reserves.
“Eskom is pleased to announce load shedding will be reduced to Stage 2 today at 12:00 and will be suspended at 5 am on Friday.”
In a statement, Eskom stated that improved demand response during different phases of load shedding has also enabled a faster recovery than anticipated.
Eskom said generators continue to undergo reliability maintenance despite a reduction in breakdowns to 11 224 MW and planned maintenance to 7 030 MW.
Eskom’s Chief Executive Officer, Andre de Ruyter, has defended the power utility’s implementation of stage 4 load shedding, despite criticism from the National Union of Mine Workers of SA (NUMSA) calling for his sucking.
According to De Ruyter, the plan has led to a significant increase in the country’s power generation capacity.
De Ruyter’s remarks came in the wake of NUMSA’s call on Tuesday to have him and the Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer, resign.
According to NUMSA, Eskom’s announcement to implement stage 4 load shedding shows the current management under De Ruyter and Oberholzer has no idea how to resolve the rolling power outages crisis.
For the sake of the country’s economic development, NUMSA said it was time for the board of Eskom to remove De Ruyter and Oberholzer.